Virtual School for Families: Independent Learning Activities for Children 3-8

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may make commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. In our post on achieving balance we briefly discussed having some independent/quiet activities your child(ren) could do by themselves. This is great for reducing screen time, encouraging … Continue reading Virtual School for Families: Independent Learning Activities for Children 3-8

Virtual School for Families: Achieving Balance

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may make commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. In the move to Virtual School many families our online platforms are being used more than ever to support student learning.  Whilst this has been great to … Continue reading Virtual School for Families: Achieving Balance

Virtual School for Families Step One: Schedules

Here at AIS Kuwait we’ve recently moved to virtual school as part of local efforts to contain Coronavirus.  As well as supporting the teachers I work with to design online learning, I’m also aware of the fact that this is a new experience for our families too.  Over the next few weeks I’ll share some … Continue reading Virtual School for Families Step One: Schedules

International Teaching Interview Preparation: Tips and Tricks

Welcome to the third post in our series International Teaching: Everything you need to know, if you haven't yet read posts 1 and 2 you can find them here: Is International Teaching Right For Me? The International Job Search: What to look for and where In this post we’ll be taking a look at the … Continue reading International Teaching Interview Preparation: Tips and Tricks

Thinking Skills: Working towards in IB ATLs

Back in October 2019 Mark and I shared our work to break down the Research Skills ATL based on a combination of IB guidance, Principles to Practice, the amazing work of other educators and the experiences we were having in our own school. The work proved to be very popular and, hopefully, helpful to many. … Continue reading Thinking Skills: Working towards in IB ATLs

The International Teachers Job Search: What to look for and where.

Welcome to the second post in our series International Teaching: Everything you need to know. If you haven’t checked it out already we recommend you read the first post Is International Teaching Right for Me? This will help you decide if a move into international teaching is right for you.  Today’s post looks at the next … Continue reading The International Teachers Job Search: What to look for and where.

The PYP Exhibition – reaching beyond the school walls

In a great EduTwitter chat hosted by Levi Allison (you find his great new blog here) recently a number of IB educators were discussing community involvement in the PYP Exhibition. With such a powerful learning experience, we want to find ways to reach beyond the walls of our school and into our local and global … Continue reading The PYP Exhibition – reaching beyond the school walls

A Community Approach to Conferences

Ask any teacher their thoughts on conferences and you’ll likely get a mixed response (even from just one individual).  Conferences can be exhausting. Aside from the longer days as teachers stay after school to meet family, they can be mentally and emotionally tiring too.  However, we learn so much about our students and their families, … Continue reading A Community Approach to Conferences

Understanding the IB Standards and Practices

What are the IB Standards and Practices? The IB Standards and Practices are a set of criteria for schools to guide how they implement programmes. These criteria shape the purpose, learning, culture and environment of the school - you can find them here. How should my school be using them? It can be tempting to … Continue reading Understanding the IB Standards and Practices

No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun

In the face of a growing sense that homework is not effective for improving learning outcomes in primary age students, many teachers are facing the somewhat difficult question of what to do now.  We take a look at the evidence, and the way forward from here. Does Homework Work? Evidence on homework is at best, … Continue reading No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun